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JEAN SHEPHERD–LOIS NETTLETON ALBUM part 14=my add-on #1 & ARTSY (172) words & images 1of3

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In the previous collage of published items on Shep that I posted, one showed part of a Time Magazine article about WOR, including something about Shepherd. Here I show the entire Time article from my collection. (The break in the images is caused by my scanning from a 2-part repro. I bought my original, in 1962 when it was originally published–it’s somewhere in my vast Shep-file.)

Click on image to enlarge.

I began listening in September of 1956. In my college sophomore year at Pratt Institute, in November of 1957, Pratt hosted Shepherd and I saved one of the posters:

More of my Lois album to come.

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WORDS AND IMAGES, AND SOMETIMES MUSIC

For me, words can be marvelously enhanced by

their mental and emotional synthesis with the visual.

One actively participates in the story-telling process.

GLOVES & WARJA

Charli Grace, our granddaughter, has recently inspired me to think about communication, especially words and visual aspects—how can mere words be enhanced by the visual. At ten months, she’s more interested in my cane than with the issue at hand (pun). I’d played with these same finger puppet gloves to entertain our two sons when they were small. I hope she’ll grow into and appreciate my out-of-tune Old McDonald’s moo moo here, oink oink, baa baa, cluck cluck there. And my story-telling of Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and the Big Bad Wolf attacking the straw, wood, and brick-housed Three Pigs.

I began reading a lot as a little kid—my mother, fearing one of my recurrent hemorrhages from my delicate nose, guided me toward non-threatening, non-physical interests. Coloring inside the lines with my Crayolas, in addition to reading. While still under sixteen, I’d read War and Peace, and Ulysses. I aspired to be a Nobel Laureate in Literature, or maybe a Librarian, or a Great Artist.

Warja Laveter, whose William Tell foldout book (4” X 6”) I bought at MOMA’s bookstore, initiated my interest in artist’s books, did a series of children’s stories in the same format (about 8 foldout pages per story), in which she took simple stories (which, to use as visual accompaniment, one needs to have some prior familiarity with the story line, just as one needs the stories or song lyrics for the finger puppets). She used only her attractive abstract color images to supplement the spoken story. Above is a scene from her Little Red Ridinghood—Little Red is the red disk, surrounded by the greenery of the trees in the forest, and the large black disk is the wolf.

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